The experience of nerve pain is described with a variety of terms: burning, hot poker, itching, tingling, lightening, shooting, electrical, and so on. In medical terms, words like hyperalgesia and allodynia are used. Hyperalgesia means that an area is overly sensitive to painful (noxious) stimuli like a pinprick. Allodynia means that an area is overly sensitive to normally non-painful (non-noxious) stimuli like light touch. Both of these phenomena are hallmarks for nerve pain.
Many common ailments cause nerve pain. The most recognizable cause of nerve pain is diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The nerve damage caused by abnormal blood sugar levels cause the nerve to dieback in a "stocking and glove" distribution. First, the area of the foot and ankle region (stocking area) is usually affected with numbness and tingling. As the neuropathy progresses, burning pain will begin as well. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a classic example of nerve pain that is generated in the peripher...
Generic Name: GABAPENTIN - ORAL Pronounced: (gab-uh-PEN-tin) Gabapentin Oral Uses
Gabapentin is used with other medications to prevent and
control seizures. It is also used to relieve nerve pain following shingles (a
painful rash due to herpes zoster infection) in adults. Gabapentin is known as
an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug.
How To Use Gabapentin Oral
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient
Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking
gabapentin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as
directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response
to treatment. For children, the dosage is also based on weight.
Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring
device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct
Alternative Names Neuropathy - tibial nerve Treatment Treatment is aimed at increasing mobility and independent self-care. In some cases, no treatment is required and recovery is spontaneous. Surgical removal of lesions that press on the nerve may benefit some people. Over-the-counter analgesics or prescription medications may be needed to control pain ( neuralgia ). Various other medications (phenytoin, carbamazepine, gabapentin or tricyclic antidepressants such as nortriptyline) may reduce the stabbing pains that some people experience. Whenever possible, medication use should be avoided or reduced to lessen the risk of side effects. Physical therapy exercises may help some people maintain muscle strength. Orthopedic assistance may aid the ability to walk. This may include use of braces, splints, orthopedic shoes, or other appliances. Vocational counseling, occupational therapy, job changes or retraining, or similar interventions may be recommended. Support Groups Expectations (prognosis) If th...
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